TBY talks to Anita Nouri, CEO & Business Development Director, Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability (GESS), on the sector.

Anita Nouri

How did you start producing energy at the Al Qusais landfill?

In 2008, we explored a landfill gas project with the Dubai Municipality. We started with a test at the Al Qusais landfill, which is Dubai's largest landfill, currently receiving 7,000 tons of waste a day delivered by 1,200 trucks. Testing concluded that there was enough gas to support a project. Now, we have close to 25km of underground piping that delivers the gas to a flare that burns off the methane, producing 20MW of power comfortably. We are reducing over 350,000 tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking over 80,000 cars off the road. It is not going to be a source of power for hundreds of years, but each landfill can provide power for at least 10-20 years.

Do you always partner with the public sector to do this?

Landfill projects are mostly government projects; however, the Al Qusais project was equity funded by GESS. Most of our recovery comes from selling the power we generate, but the Norwegian government is buying our credits at EUR2 per ton.